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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014 Coverage

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014 Coverage

Well, it was a quiet week in Lake Wobegone, or rather a quiet weekend...

Aluminous Audio Loudspeaker System Review

Aluminous Audio Loudspeaker System Review

In 2001, Krell introduced the LAT-1, a monitor loudspeaker in an all aluminum enclosure....

Magico S1 Loudspeaker Review

Magico S1 Loudspeaker Review

I always know I’m in trouble when the freight truck pulls up in front...

Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Music Server Review

Sony HAP-Z1ES High Resolution Music Server Review

I began my journey into computer audio in 2004 with the introduction of the...

dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

dCS Vivaldi DAC Review

I think it is fair to say that in the eighteen or so months...

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JansZen Introduces zA2.1A Active Compact Floorstanding Loudspeaker

October 31, 2014
JansZen Introduces zA2.1A Active Compact Floorstanding Loudspeaker

The acclaimed JansZen zA2.1 electrostatic hybrid loudspeaker has a new sibling: the self-amplified, floor-standing electrostatic hybrid zA2.1A, utilizing JansZen’s new Act of Nature (AoN) drive system. As David Janszen says, “Aside from being compact and convenient, the new active zA2.1A offers sonic improvements over the passive zA2.1 as driven by a range of fine...
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Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold Loudspeaker

October 31, 2014
Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold Loudspeaker

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold loudspeakers ($/pair)at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I actually enjoyed the Nola Metro Grand Reference Gold speakers. Their polite tonal balance took the edge off of older classical recordings, and as long as I didn’t play the music loud, I could enjoy the...
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Walker Audio Introduces Procession Phono Preamplifier

October 30, 2014
Walker Audio Introduces Procession Phono Preamplifier

Walker Audio, manufacturer of award-winning high-end audio products, announces the introduction of the Procession Phono Amp with dual mono continuously-variable linear cartridge loading for use with moving coil cartridges. This two-piece component has two dials, one for each channel, which can be adjusted during play and set anywhere between 0 and 2.5k ohms, making...
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GamuT Superior RS5 Loudpeaker

October 30, 2014
GamuT Superior RS5 Loudpeaker

Robert E. Greene has posted a review of the GamuT Superior RS5 loudpeakers ($30,000/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The GamuTs are an embodiment of some creative and very interesting ideas in speaker design. I think everyone seriously interested in speaker design ought to give them a serious audition. Whether you find them...
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Pathos Acoustics Converto Headphone Amplifier-DAC

October 30, 2014
Pathos Acoustics Converto Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Pathos Acoustics Converto headphone amplifier-DAC ($) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I found that the Converto was very easy to listen to over longer sessions and enjoyed its relaxed and inviting sound. For those looking for a PCM-only DAC and headphone amp that can handle up to...
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Bryston Unveils New Models at TAVES This Weekend

October 30, 2014
Bryston Unveils New Models at TAVES This Weekend

Back on our home turf, we’ve worked really hard to ready some exciting new products for you to check out at this year’s Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show that opens this weekend, BDP Gets a BOT Get a first look at our new BOT-1 Bryston Optical Transport. This Bryston CD drive attaches to your...
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Bluesound Partners with new TIDAL High Fidelity Music Streaming Service

October 30, 2014
Bluesound Partners with new TIDAL High Fidelity Music Streaming Service

Bluesound, the world’s first wireless digital multi-room system to fully support high-res audio, announces the addition of TIDAL, the first High Fidelity music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, to its collection of music services. A recent winner of the UK’s What HiFi? Sound & Vision Best Multiroom System of the...
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McIntosh MXA70 Compact Audio System

October 29, 2014
McIntosh MXA70 Compact Audio System

A close-up tour of the McIntosh MXA70 compact audio system.
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Clearaudio Announces the Absolute Phono and Absolute Phono Inside Phono Stages

October 29, 2014
Clearaudio Announces the Absolute Phono and Absolute Phono Inside Phono Stages

Introducing the Absolute Phono and Absolute Phono Inside… could this little duo be a pair of world firsts? Another ground-breaker from German analogue innovators Clearaudio: two ways to solve the problem of a small signal making a long journey. Consider your standard phonostage set-up. The delicate musical output signal generated within the cartridge has...
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Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 Loudspeaker System

October 29, 2014
Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 Loudspeaker System

Thomas J. Norton has posted a review of the Bowers & Wilkins 683 S2 loudspeaker system ($4300) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “It did take a little work to get the B&Ws to sing in my room, but when they did, I was very impressed by what I heard. The HTM61 S2 center...
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Tidal Lossless Streaming Service Launches Today!

October 28, 2014
Tidal Lossless Streaming Service Launches Today!

TIDAL, the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated editorial, today announced the launch and availability of its service in the U.S. and UK. The ideal service for those who care about quality, TIDAL welcomes music lovers to enjoy its extensive library of 25 million-plus tracks, 75,000 music...
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47 Labs Lens II Loudspeaker

October 28, 2014
47 Labs Lens II Loudspeaker

Adam LaBarge has posted a review of the 47 Labs Lens II loudspeakers ($3250/pair) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “t would be wrong to talk about any little speaker and not talk about their soundstaging abilities. The Lens II are as good as it gets in this area. Set up right the soundstage extends way...
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iFi “iUSB” Conditioner

October 28, 2014
iFi “iUSB” Conditioner

Lee Scoggins has posted a review of the iFi “iUSB” Conditioner ($299) at Headphone Guru. His conclusions: “It makes sense if you think about it. Cleaning up USB level power has the same effect as a dedicated power line and a good line conditioner. All three provide the best possible foundation. As you lower...
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McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

October 28, 2014
McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

Bailey S. Barnard has posted a review of the McIntosh MHA100 headphone amplifier ($4500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “I can’t stress enough how wonderful the headphone section is—but at $4,500, the MHA100 isn’t for everybody. Those who take the plunge will have a component that they can base a reasonably sized system around. Unless...
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Balanced Audio Technology VK-3000SE Integrated Amplifier

October 28, 2014
Balanced Audio Technology VK-3000SE Integrated Amplifier

Rob Johnson has posted a review of the Balanced Audio Technology VK-3000SE integrated amplifier ($7995) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “High-performance integrated amps continue to be popular for the audio and music lover who wants world-class performance without buying a rack full of components. The VK-3000SE is an excellent choice, should that be your cup...
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Noble Custom In-Ear Monitors

October 28, 2014
Noble Custom In-Ear Monitors

John Granberg has posted a review of several models of Noble custom in-ear monitors ($950-$1299). His conclusions: “So there you have it—Noble Audio’s stunning Kaiser 10 most definitely deserves a spot on our Wall of Fame. It has a brilliant yet nonchalant character which keeps me coming back for more. Factor in the remarkable...
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Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning MK II Headphone Amplifier

October 27, 2014
Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning MK II Headphone Amplifier

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning MK II headphone amplifier ($4250) at Headphone Guru. His conclusions: “There are other commercial electro-static amplifiers out there like the HeadAmp Blue Hawaii Special Edition and Eddie Current Electra. But they are all vacuum tube based products and I’ve been living the...
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AURALiC VEGA DSD DAC and TAURUS Mk. II Balanced Headphone Amplifier

October 27, 2014
AURALiC VEGA DSD DAC and TAURUS Mk. II Balanced Headphone Amplifier

David W. Robinson has posted a review of the AURALiC VEGA DSD DAC ($3499) and TAURUS Mk. II Balanced headphone amplifier ($1699) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “AURALiC has certainly distinguished itself by entering these markets with products that shine with beauty, build quality, and the excellence of their sound. I have spent a...
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VTL Siegfried Reference Series II Monoblock Power Amplifier

October 27, 2014
VTL Siegfried Reference Series II Monoblock Power Amplifier

Jacob Heilbrunn has posted a review of the VTL Siegfried Reference Series II Monoblock power amplifiers ($65,000/pair) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “In sum, VTL has produced an amplifier that comes about as close to doing it all as anything on the market. Its performance, particularly on large-scale works, is magnificently engrossing. When...
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Denon AVR-X5200W Dolby Atmos AV Receiver

October 27, 2014
Denon AVR-X5200W Dolby Atmos AV Receiver

Gene DellaSala has posted a review of the Denon AVR-X5200W Dolby Atmos AV receiver ($1999) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “If you’re looking for a moderately priced networking A/V receiver that’s a jack of all trades and will accommodate all of your A/V processing needs for the foreseeable future including expansion into a Atmos or...
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